I know it’s the duty of the parents to educate their kids on sexuality. I believe kids should hear it from home first, not the kids in school. I understand people have concern about the Church implementing courses on sexuality for children (Talking about touching, etc.) for that reason.
Here are a few questions I have:
A) What if children don’t come from a home where it is talked about (and are more vulnerable because of their naiveté)?
B) What if kids are being abused by their parents and don’t know how to speak up because it’s not talked about?
C) As Christians, shouldn’t we be trying to protect all children, not just our own, knowing that sometimes the best protection is knowledge?
D) What about parents who wait till the kid is older, not knowing that they’re keeping them way too vulnerable for the kid’s own good?
Here’s a bit of my background: In the last year, I’ve had to go through all kinds of training :VIRTUS through my parish once I turned 18, I did rape crisis work for awhile, had to learn how to prevent kidnappings at a place I work at (I work for a store that has kids running through it constantly), and I’ve had a few close shaves in the past myself (the only reason I was able to get out of it was due to my parents making me aware and what I learned in school fortifying it, even though that same school failed me when I had to report an incident, which is why I didn’t confess another, bigger one until a few months ago when it happened two years ago).
Also, I understand that it’s not just about priests doing this to teen boys. Child abuse is a sad, sad epidemic in society and can happen anywhere. It’s even worse when a kid feels alone and abandoned because they don’t know or no one wants to believe it or talk about it. I just kind of wonder, if we are the Christians we say we are, shouldn’t we do everything to protect our littlest brothers and sisters in Christ? Even as we fight evils like abortion, shouldn’t we also be fighting this evil too?
I used to not understand why St. Paul said that sexual sins were the greatest sins, even greater than murder. Then I realized that sexual sins included sexual CRIMES.